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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-91-027
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:13 A.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, ON 8/9/90, NORTH BOUND NORFOLK SOUTHERN (NS) FREIGHT TRAIN 188 COLLIDED WITH SOUTHBOUND NS LOCAL FREIGHT TRAIN G-38 AT CONTROL POINT DAVIS NEAR SUGAR VALLEY, GEORGIA. THE CONDUCTOR ON TRAIN 188 & THE CONDUCTOR & ENGINEER ON TRAIN G-38 WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE TRAINMEN ON BOTH TRAINS & THE ENGINEER ON TRAIN 188 RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT $1,268,680.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPERATING UNIONS, CONDUCT AN EDUCATIONAL & COUNSELING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO IMPROVE TRAIN CREWMEMBERS' KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH & DIET REGIMENS & OF METHODS OF AVOIDING SLEEP DEFICITS & SLEEP DEPRIVATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: SUGAR VALLEY, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA90MR008
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Norfolk Southern Train 188 with Norfolk Southern Train G-38
Report #: RAR-91-02
Accident Date: 8/9/1990
Issue Date: 9/16/1991
Date Closed: 5/25/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Norfolk Southern Corporation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 5/25/1995
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE NS HAS IMPLEMENTED THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AS DESCRIBED IN ITS 6/15/92, LETTER. THEREFORE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-91-27 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 4/19/1995
Response: NS STATED THAT THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN & ALSO FURNISHED PROGRAM MATERIALS.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 2/1/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE NS IS PROCEEDING TO IMPLEMENT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN ITS JUNE 15, 1992, LETTER & LOOKS FORWARD TO RECEIVING PROGRAM MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. RECOMMENDATION R-91-27 WILL REMAIN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/11/1992
Response: NS RESTATED THAT THE PROGRAM IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AND WE WILL BE FURNISHED PROGRAM MATERIALS.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 10/20/1992
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE NS IS DEVELOPING A PROGRAM THAT SHOULD MEET THE INTENT OF THE RECOMMENDATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING PROGRAM MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, & ONCE THE PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY, WE WOULD APPRECIATE AN UPDATE ON ITS STATUS. RECOMMENDATION R-91-27 WILL REMAIN "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE" PENDING THE BOARD'S EVALUATION OF THIS PROGRAM.

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 6/15/1992
Response: NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATED LINE RESPONDED THAT THEY ARE STILL DEVELOPING AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR ITS EMPLOYEES AS SUGGESTED IN THIS RECOMMENDATION AND IT WILL PUBLISH ARTICLES CONCERNING SLEEP PATTERNS AND DIET IN ITS EMPLOYEE PUBLICATIONS. A PERSONALIZED VIDEO TAPE AND BOOKLET WILL BE SENT TO THE EMPLOYEES' HOME.

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 5/8/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation R-91-27 urged the NS, in conjunction with the operating unions, to conduct an educational and counseling program designed to improve train crewmembers' knowledge of health and diet regimens and of methods of avoiding sleep deficits and sleep deprivation. The Safety Board is pleased to learn that the NS will develop an educational program for its employees. The Safety Board would like to review the program once it has been developed. Based on your response, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-91-27 as "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1992
Response: NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATED LINES WILL DEVELOP AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR ITS EMPLOYEES AS SUGGESTED IN THIS RECOMMENDATION. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT NSR WILL PUBLISH ARTICLES CONCERNING SLEEP PATTERN AND DIET IN ITS EMPLOYEE PUBLICATIONS.